Urban Design Committee is Back!

Planning and Design

Is it like bringing two versions of time into the room?  Yes/No?

The answer would be No”, unless implementation is involved, then it would be a simple matter of cash via step#1 plan and #2 design.  In my experience watch out for the times when #2 goes first.

Meanwhile, the Urban Design Committee is back up and running, it will set goals and discuss ideas on

  1. community outreach
  2. sponsorships and,
  3. engage in public policy reviews

All good. Picking new targets could not be more important.  If you can contribute drop a note to: ktheis@hntb.com or look at the new LinkedIn Forum

The Mission:

  • to educate communities and public officials on the nature and purpose of urban design in defining the physical form of the urban landscape through the creation of public places and spaces.
  • lato inform the public on the relevance of zoning recommendations on the shape of the physical environment and the process by which they are affected.
  • to respond to planning and policy initiatives while in the formative stage.

Top ten options for review..

  1. impact of ten years of zoning change on urban design…
  2. waterfronts outside of Manhattan  — the failure of “restrictive declarations” and “MOUs”
  3. review of school playground project –paint? really? seriously?
  4. revisiting Long Island City — too big to fail?
  5. revisiting Brooklyn’s west coast — and then there is “billburg” vs. (would that be the L train?) I don’t think so….
  6. massive increase in density is good, right? something is missing and it is not on the streets.
  7. are the urban designers at the MTA idiots?  an inside story?
  8. getting past HPV lanes, street finger painting, official graffiti and getting to dedicated rights of way.
  9. Jane Jacobs was right — the city is a place made for strangers to be safe and all the rest of it absolutely right
  10. name the best urban place contest…. then prove it… get cash and prizes!


Author: Rex

I conduct urban planning services and related research for community-based organizations and other change agents on development issues and concerns.

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